Many people’s feet have dry, callused skin that has thickened or hardened from excess friction. There’s nothing wrong with calluses, but they can be a little unsightly, and some people prefer to get rid of them ahead of sandal season.
There are a couple ways to go about this, one being chemical removal. You may have heard about something called Baby Foot, which is essentially like a chemical peel for your feet. The product uses lactic, salicylic, glycolic and citric acids to break down the top layer of skin on your feet, which then peels off and leaves you with soft, baby-like feet (hence the name).
Some salons also use chemicals to remove calluses during pedicures ― but while they do give you soft feet, they can be quite harsh.
“Most acid products are actually quite harmful to the skin,” Ling Lin told HuffPost. [They do] remove [calluses], but it’s not the best solution.”
MacColla agreed with Ling Lin, noting that she isn’t a big fan of acid-based removal products either, as she’s found them to be quite drying.
“I think a lot of salons use those caustic chemicals where they wrap your feet in saran wrap and they’ve got gloves on and it’s really strong,” she said. “The thing I don’t like about [them] is you’re really not targeting as needed. It’s sort of a blanket solution.”
Lamb, on the other hand, told HuffPost she “loves these products” and said, “If you see improvement and no irritation, continue.” She wouldn’t recommend applying acid-based products for calluses more than twice a week (max), though.
Both Ling Lin and Maccolla said they prefer manual callus removal, using scrubs and a foot file to soften the skin. Both of their salons remove calluses and dead skin manually, not with chemicals.
What’s nice about removing the dry or dead skin manually, MacColla said, is that you can really focus on the areas that need the extra care, as opposed to covering the entire foot in a chemical solution.
“You don’t want to do too much or get overly aggressive with what you need, because you need calluses,” she said. “They protect your feet, and when you go overboard, your skin tries to compensate by building more skin, it gets really sensitive.”
It’s also important to note that you might not be able to get rid of all the dead skin you’ve built up over months in just one go. Whether you’re getting a professional pedicure or scraping at home, it may take some time to get your feet looking the way you want them to.
“The instinct is sometimes to over-exfoliate and scrub too hard which can actually aggravate the skin and cause it to produce more skin to compensate,” Lamb said.
So, as long as you’re taking care of your feet at home and frequently filing your calluses (but not too much ― you don’t want to be left with raw skin), you should be able to keep your skin soft and smooth, Ling Lin said.
Source : https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/get-feet-ready-sandal-season_us_5afb0316e4b09a94524c6efd552